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  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration:  8 days (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the 8-Day Spain Tour Including Barcelona, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

The best way to see southern Spain. We never thought a bus tour could be so fun and informative and we will do it all over again without any hesitation. All the tour guides in each town were very knowledgeable about the beautiful buildings we visited. The optional tours should not be missed. Seville, Granada and Toledo were definitely our super bonuses for this tour. Love it, love it, love it.

Tang
USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2012

You get more than what you pay for !! Wow

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2013

It's good to have almost everything planned and transport arranged to the destinations. However, Madrid is all about sightseeing on the bus.

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2013

The arranged airport transfer on the last day did not arrive but the rest of the holiday was great!

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2013

Great tour to see many cities in one week. The first part was not guided, and somewhat haphazard. In fact, no one showed up to pick us up at the Madrid train station. We did enjoy the Barcelona bike tour though (booked separately). When we joined the guided tour in Madrid, it was well organized and quite busy, to see all those cities. Good overview though, and our guides were all great. We did the 3 star hotels instead of the 4, choosing to spend the extra money on the optional tours/ excursions. If we had to do it again, we would probably upgrade, as the 4 star hotels were in better locations for exploring on your own, outside the tours. The accommodations were just fine. Very different food for American palates though!

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2013

The 4-day Andalucia tour was good. The local tour guides were great. The hotels, except for the one in Granada (Los Angeles Hotel) were not as good as we expected. By the way, the worst hotel was the one in Barcelona.

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2013

The Madrid to Toledo leg of the tour was excellent. We encountered issues with the Barcelona leg as no instructions were given as to how the day tour was to be conducted. Instead of being picked up at the hotel, we found out that we had to go to the offices of Julia Travel directly to start the day tour. No instructions were left at the hotel nor were emailed by Julia Travel or by Viator (Julia maintains that it is Viator's duty - at that point the traveller is left between 2 conflicting parties). Needless to say, we missed the day tour and had to fend for ourselves. It appeared that the Barcelona leg is conducted by Julia Travel (Viator is only the middleman/broker) as a separate item from its Madrid to Toledo leg. The latter leg was more organized.

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2013

We were the only family with children (ages 16, 14, and 10) on this tour and it was pleasant and interesting for everyone of us. We only wished we had more than 7 days to explore the six cities we visited, but we still mananged to see a lot thanks to the pleasant and experienced tour guides from Julia Travel. The Hotels were good and well located - close to the market and metro.
As for the transfers they were also arranged by Julia Travel. We were duely met at Barcelona airport, even though our flight was an hour late and again from our hotel to Barcelona train station and then from Madrid train station to our hotel by designated private drivers who were very frindly and gave us useful tips along the way.
All in all it was a very nice and enjoyable trip.

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2013

We were the only family with children (ages 16, 14, and 10) on this tour and it was pleasant and interesting for everyone of us. We only wished we had more than 7 days to explore the six cities we visited, but we still mananged to see a lot thanks to the pleasant and experienced tour guides from Julia Travel. The Hotels were good and well located - close to the market and metro.
As for the transfers they were also arranged by Julia Travel. We were duely met at Barcelona airport, even though our flight was an hour late and again from our hotel to Barcelona train station and then from Madrid train station to our hotel by designated private drivers who were very frindly and gave us useful tips along the way.
All in all it was a very nice and enjoyable trip.

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2013

We had a very good experience with Viator service regarding the bookings. Then in Spain, Julia travel was also co-operative with our needs-although their organization about the bus tour and communicating the specific details about the meet time/place could have been better. Ask all the Qs before you start the tour. They are good with replying the emails too. Our bus tour guide could have been more pleasant and efficient, but I guess she was working the holidays..("she did not care about baby-sitting us"..in her own words). The local guides in each city were excellent though.If you have a choice, don't take this tour during the Christmas week as you will miss seeing the things scheduled to see on the 25th since all the places are closed. We did not get to see one of the main attractions scheduled for the 25th. Overall the experience and hotel quality was good. The beauty of the country takes your breath away..

3 star rating: Worth doing
July 2013

This was a well organized low budget tour. A good value for the money. All the hotels were excellent. The local tour guides were mostly very good. The agency was very helpful with special requests

3 star rating: Worth doing
July 2013

First 3 days wasting of time. Barcelona and Madrid tour were terrible. The Tour Operator did not have good preparation for the tour. The tour actually started last 4 days. Nevertheless we were happy with Andalusia tour.

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2013

I felt fabulous with the Toledo tour guided by a local guide who speaks very good English.
The arrangement for the Madrid sightseeing tour could be improved. We arrived at the hotel at around 1230, rush somewhere nearby the hotel for lunch and went back to the hotel at around 1:45 to meet the pick up time at around 2:00. looks like plenty of time for lunch? However, in spain, lunch time at the restuarant only starts after 1pm, sometime after 2pm! Managed to finish our lunch in 30 mins, rush back to the hotel, pick-up by an lady. Then, my friend and I were sitting at the bus for 30 mins, and were then driven to a car park. We waited another 30 mins. Nobody told us what was happening. The city tour started at 3pm! I am a bit upset to spend an hour waiting while having to rush for our lunch that day.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
November 2013

Skip this 8-day nonsense and just do the 4-day starting in Madrid. The only difference is that they pick you up at the airport and arrange subpar accommodations, buy you 2nd class train tickets and arrange a silly walking tour through attractions that are free anyways (which we didn't get on because the group left us and then wouldn't wait for us at the first stop). If you are capable of finding your own hotel for two days and exploring the cathedrals and Olympic stadium then I would not suggest you pay the added expense for the 8-day. It was more of a headache for us as Viator literally left us stranded at the hotel once and we had to find our own way to the train station and then nearly forgot us once we actually got to the train station in the next city. However, once we got on the actual tour part which starts day 3 in Madrid, it was really nice. Our tour guide (Josep) was fantastic and really made the experience for us. In each individual city we got great tours and was worth the money. But like I said, don't do the 8-day, just jump on the Madrid/Cordoba/Seville/Granada/Toledo tour.

I also didn't find that paying for the superior or "first-class" rooms was worth the money. Viator does a poor job (atleast on this specific tour) of finding decent hotels. They are sort of crumby service, not the cleanest, in awkward parts of the city and one hotel didn't even offer us Wi-Fi for free (hotel princessa in Madrid) which in this day and age is a little strange (you'll find that nearly everywhere gives you free Wi-Fi even the starbucks in Granada). Also, the people staying in the "tourist class" rooms were all 4star hotels in any case and they seemed just as nice. So save your money and go "tourist class".

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